The Dummies Guide To The Russia Collusion Hoax: Who, What, Where, When, & Why

Authored by Roger Kimball via Spectator USA,

For your eyes only: A short history of Democrat-spy collusion

How highly placed members of one administration mobilised the intelligence services to undermine their successors...

Who, what, where, when, why? The desiderata school teachers drill into their charges trying to master effective writing skills apply also in the effort to understand that byzantine drama known to the world as the Trump-Russia-collusion investigation.

Let’s start with “when.” When did it start? We know that the FBI opened its official investigation on 31 July 2016. An obscure, low-level volunteer to the Trump campaign called Carter Page was front and centre then. He’d been the FBI’s radar for a long time. Years before, it was known, the Russians had made some overtures to him but 1) they concluded that he was an “idiot” not worth recruiting and 2) he had actually aided the FBI in prosecuting at least two Russian spies.

But we now know that the Trump-Russia investigation began before Carter Page. In December 2017, The New York Times excitedly reported in an article called “How the Russia Inquiry Began” that, contrary to their reporting during the previous year, it wasn’t Carter Page who precipitated the inquiry. It was someone called George Papadopoulous, an even more obscure and lower-level factotum than Carter Page. Back in May 2016, the twenty-something Papadopoulous had gotten outside a number of drinks with one Alexander Downer, an Australian diplomat in London and had let slip that “the Russians” had compromising information about Hillary Clinton. When Wikileaks began releasing emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee in June and July, news of the conversation between Downer and Papadopoulos was communicated to the FBI. Thus, according to the Times, the investigation was born.

There were, however, a couple of tiny details that the Times omitted. One was that Downer, an avid Clinton supporter, had arranged for a $25 million donation from the Australian government to the Clinton Foundation. Twenty-five million of the crispest, Kemo Sabe. They also neglected say exactly how Papadopoulos met Alexander Downer.

As it turns out, George Papadopoulos made several new friends in London. There was Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor living in London who has ties to British intelligence. It was Mifsud - who has since disappeared - who told Papadopoulos in March 2016 that the Kremlin had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

Then there is Stefan Halper, an American-born Cambridge prof and Hillary supporter. Out of the blue, Halper reached out to Papadopoulos in September 2016. He invited him to meet in London and then offered Papadopoulos $3,000 to write a paper on an unrelated topic. He also pumped him about “Russian hacking.” “George, you know about hacking the emails from Russia, right?” Halper is said to have asked him. He also made sure Papadopoulos met for drinks with his assistant, a woman called Azra Turk, who flirted with him over the Chardonnay while pumping him about Russia.

Halper also contacted Carter Page and Sam Clovis, Trump’s campaign co-chair. Is Stefan Halper, the “spy” on the Trump campaign, at the origin of the Trump-Russia meme?

Not really. The real fons et origo is John Brennan, Director of the CIA under Obama. As Trump’s victories in the primaries piled up, Brennan convened a “working group” at CIA headquarters that included Peter Strzok, the disgraced FBI agent, and James Clapper, then Director of National Intelligence, in order to stymie Trump’s campaign.

So much of this story still dwells in the tenebrous realm of redaction. But little by little the truth is emerging, a mosaic whose story is gradually taking shape as one piece after the next completes now this face, now another.

There are details yet to come, but here is the bottom line, the irreducible minimum...

A cabal of CIA and FBI operatives, including the Director of the CIA, John Brennan, along with other members of the intelligence “community,” prominently including James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, and various members of the Obama administration, colluded to undermine Donald Trump’s campaign.

Like almost everyone else, they assumed that Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in, so they were careless about covering their tracks.

If Hillary had won, the department of Justice would have been her Department of Justice, John Brennan would still be head of the CIA, and the public would never have known about the spies, the set-ups, the skulduggery.

But Hillary did not win. For the last 16 months, we’ve watched as that exiled cabal shifted its efforts from stopping Trump from winning to a desperate effort to destroy his Presidency. Thanks to the patient work of Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and a handful of GOP Senators, that effort is now disintegrating.

What is being exposed is the biggest political scandal in the history of the United States: the effort by highly placed - exactly how highly placed we still do not know - members of one administration to mobilise the intelligence services and police power of the state to spy upon and destroy first the candidacy and then, when that didn’t work, the administration of a political rival.

It is banana republic behaviour, but it looks now as if those responsible for this effort to undermine American democracy and repeal the results of a free, open, and democratic election will be exposed. Let’s hope that they are also held to account.


Caymaniac Sat, 05/26/2018 - 22:13 Permalink

Gee, it's almost like Zero Hedge is sanctioned by the Kremlin itself to sow fear, doubt and division in America... funny how that theme pervades nearly EVERY story.

Caymaniac malek Sat, 05/26/2018 - 22:33 Permalink

How does one begin to refute the breathless hyperbole with sentences that start like this?:  "The desiderata school teachers drill into their charges trying to master effective writing skills apply also in the effort to understand that byzantine drama"


Give me a break!

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BigCumulusClouds Mr Hankey Sun, 05/27/2018 - 02:01 Permalink

So let’s see:

1.  Who tried to enslave us in 1776 and again in 1812? The British. 

2.  Who along with the Vatican wanted the nation divided into two parts in 1860-65?  The British. 

3.  Who played a major role in sinking the Luisitania to get the US into WW1 in their side in 1913?  The British.

4.  Who welcomed the back door entry of the US into WW2 on their side in 1940?  The British.

5.  Who wanted the US to overthrow the President of Iran in 1953?  The British.

6.  Who participated with the USA in invading Iraq post 911?  The British.

7.  Who had been selling opium through out the world for centuries and who was cut off by the Taliban until the post 911 invasion of Afghanistan? The British.

8.  Who went to inspect the opium production post Afghanistan invasion?  The British (Prince Charles).

9.  Who created the violent nations of Israel and Saudi Arabia?  The British.  

10.  Who does every Monarch in the world bow to without any return bow?  The British.  

11. Who knighted Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve?  The British.  

12. Who colluded with HRC supporters in attempting to stop a Trump victory and Presidency?  The British.  


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CuttingEdge Mr Hankey Sun, 05/27/2018 - 02:51 Permalink

With reference to the OP, I did make a comment the other day about observing the trolls starting to enter derangement phase. If we are lucky the following stage is head explosion - it would do the human race one hell of a favour.


There seems to be some symbiosis between revelations of cuntery (by the cabal) and "troll twitch". And the more damning the truth coming out, the more fuck-witted the comments.

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nmewn CuttingEdge Sun, 05/27/2018 - 07:17 Permalink

Exactly right.

And in the midst of this army of bots & trolls are some once proud members saying "Stop dividing us by pointing out this treasonous treachery and connecting of dots! Can't we all just get along?! You are destroying the nation!"

To them I say, no. 

We are restoring the nation to the rule of law. To it's origins, a true republic. Restoring the concept that no one man, woman or thing is above it. That is what they fear most, their loss of patronage. But here:

"As it turns out, George Papadopoulos made several new friends in London. There was Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor living in London who has ties to British intelligence. It was Mifsud - who has since disappeared - who told Papadopoulos in March 2016 that the Kremlin had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton."

And then the visa waiver was granted to our sweet little femme fatale Natalia by, Lowrenta. Collusion you say? Entrapment say's I. And just where in the world is Mr.Mifsud these days? ;-)

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Stan522 JerseyJoe Sun, 05/27/2018 - 08:07 Permalink

If the proof is there, does America have the balls to indict, prosecute and then jail a former president who happens to have black skin?

Certainly they will be able to do it with Comey, Brennen, Clapper, McCabe, Strzok, Page and the rest of the sweet potatoes who got paid to set up candidate and then President Trump, don't they?

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macholatte Richard Chesler Sun, 05/27/2018 - 10:30 Permalink


All roads lead to Obama.


Trump’s BIGGEST single mistake was making Sessions AG and then failing to fire Sessions after Sessions recused himself. We now know Sessions is Trump's Judas Iscariot.

How about the very well documented and obvious Crimes & Felonies:
1. On Rosenstein’s advice, Sessions recused himself from getting involved with any Trump campaign related investigations - here come the Trump campaign related investigations.
2.  Sessions appoints Rosenstein assistant AG.
3.  Rosenstein recommends that Comey be fired.
4.  Trump fires Comey.
5.  Rosenstein recommends Wray, good buddy of Comey & Mueller, to be new FBI director.
6. Comey testifies that he leaked a memo (stuff he made up) because he knew it would trigger a special council to investigate the Trump campaign for Russia collusion (how did Comey know that? Was it part of the plan with Rosenstein?)
7.  Rosenstein appoints Mueller (good friend of Rosenstein & Comey) as the special council with open authority to investigate “collusion”, a suspected activity that is not a crime if it did exist. We now know Mueller’s appointment & authority might be illegal.
8.  Rosenstein & Wray stonewall congressional investigations into DOJ & FBI criminality.
9.  Sessions refuses to appoint special council to investigate obvious Hitlary, DOJ & FBI criminality.
10.  Sessions appoints John Huber, Obama appointee & swamp rat, to assist Inspector General without any power to subpoena or seat a Grand Jury.
11.  Stormy Daniels is used to demoralize Trump and is assisted by FBI. Since when does the FBI get involved in the kind of civil actions raised by a prostitute?
12.  Michael Cohen is raided by FBI regarding an issue that should be reserved for state court. Attorney client privilege is violated. This alone is a criminal act but nobody to prosecute it.
13.   Months before the Cohen raid, Rosenstein-Mueller used the Cohen-Stormy situation to launch investigation into Cohen and thereby spy on Trump conversations with his attorney.
14.  Judge appointed to hear the Cohen case is Prog Hack & Soros-Clinton crony Kimba Wood.

Conclusion: Sessions, Rosenstein, Comey, Wray and Mueller conspired to assist the “Soros-Clinton-Obama Resistance” to thwart all efforts to indict Clintons and Obama and expose the corruption at the FBI, DOJ and State Dept.

It’s what’s for breakfast.
- Judas Sessions

“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power”
- Orwell

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JasperEllings macholatte Sun, 05/27/2018 - 11:22 Permalink

Important to note that all of these illegal DOJ actions have been undertaken in the context of a political movement calling itself "Resistance" whose openly stated goal is to destroy the candidacy and presidency of the people's chosen leader. And whose implicit goal has been to ensure one-party rule, eliminate the people from involvement in self governance and implement an anti-American globalist agenda.

Anyone that's part of this anti-constitutional movement should be purged from government and barred for life from participating in government in any capacity.

Try going to work and announcing to your boss that you're part of a movement to destroy the company from within. See if you keep your job.

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Captain Nemo d… macholatte Sun, 05/27/2018 - 18:42 Permalink

Remember when everyone was on the streets protesting Trump? If his DOJ had stepped in and stopped all investigations would that have calmed matters? Remember how they were going on and on like sixteen intelligence agencies have confirmed Russian collusion was a threat to national security and Trump was trying to stymie the investigation. He gave them all they wanted ... a recused Sessions, RR in command ... and still people pushing Russian collusion have now started to back-pedal and slowly no one believes the "non-partisan" bureaucrats any more.

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DuneCreature JRobby Sun, 05/27/2018 - 09:23 Permalink

Ha! .. The NDAA backfiring warms my scaly skin like lying on a big flat rock in the sunshine.

CIA Cay Guy may be contributing way more than he really wants to the Sheeple Awareness Factor. .. (Headline reads – CIA Bot Shoots Itself In The Footpad On ZeroHedge – The NSA Techs Are Investigating.)

Live Hard, Plus 200 + Down Votes And Less Than 10 Up Votes For Cayman Crazy Brightens My Weekend Considerably, Die Free

~ DC v8.8

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RabbitOne nmewn Sun, 05/27/2018 - 07:43 Permalink

Soros plans to leave the vast majority of his wealth to the Open Society Foundation. The foundation has spent about $14 billion since the 1980s disrupting America. Its current value is $18 billion, potentially making it larger than the Ford Foundation and the second-largest “charity” behind tech billionaire Bill Gates's foundation, based on figures from the National Philanthropic Trust.

These are the SCUM paying for these trolls and bots on ZH and the rest of the internet...

The group that is trying to destroy America (e.g. build sanctuary cities). It is called the Soros Communist United Movement (SCUM). You will find that liberal SCUM are everywhere trying to eliminate freedom. They are being driven to do these horrible deeds by those preaching on their soap boxes or soap SCUM. We are all hoping and praying Mr Clean(Trump) can get rid of this SCUM before they come directly after you and I.

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nmewn RabbitOne Sun, 05/27/2018 - 08:09 Permalink

Well personally, it would be great if they faced us directly because their elimination would come that much quicker.

But unfortunately this is how they manifest themselves before us, from within the ether, from the shadows, from behind the veneer of "the law". However, that is also a positive attribute of "the law", it can be molded and shaped to strip every asset a Soros connected foundation has in the blink of an eye. Nowhere to run to baby, nowhere to hide. 

Something for them to think about ;-)

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nmewn 1 Alabama Sun, 05/27/2018 - 08:14 Permalink

"the rule of law is on trial pretty boy, and you had better be on the right side of nature, or your day is done."

Well, thanks for the compliment, I please do expand on this point of yours, seeing how there are more & more of you who want to make everything I say about me, just where have I ever commented that I am against the rule of law, natural or otherwise?

I'll wait.

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DaddyO nmewn Sun, 05/27/2018 - 12:13 Permalink

I had to log in and add a word of caution. nmewn, you've been here for a long time and know that the commenters are not of the same caliber of days gone by.

Your comments and positions speak for themselves. These johnny come lately pinheads don't have enough sense to pour piss out of a boot with the instructions written on the heal.

Their only tool is to take the age old liberal play book and launch into threats and personal attacks trying to shift the argument away from facts and truth. They know that they can't win in the arena of natural law. Their whole position is based in lies and half truths without any moral foundation.

Otherwise carry on...


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Indo_Expat nmewn Mon, 05/28/2018 - 05:11 Permalink

"Well personally, it would be great if they faced us directly..."

Excellent, here is your direct confrontation, anon coward keyboard masturbator. Put your contact information where your mouth is you little mincing, prancing millennial fairy just as I have below and then we shall see just who is who:

Robert S. Finnegan

Kuningan, Jakarta



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Kayman nmewn Sun, 05/27/2018 - 15:31 Permalink

The quagmire called "the rule of Law."

1. Ignorance of the Law is no excuse? Good idea when you could count the laws on one hand. Today, no one, including the courts knows what the law is. Or as the lawyers giggle amongst themselves, if judges knew the Law, we wouldn't have Appeal Courts, or what is clearly 9 politicians in the Supreme Court.

2. Uneven, even corrupt, application of enforcement of the Law, renders the Rule of Law, nothing more than an academic exercise, or political posturing by grubby people keen on holding on to power.

3. Millions have died "legally" with the Rule of Law supporting the crimes of Tyrants.

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nmewn Kayman Sun, 05/27/2018 - 18:58 Permalink


For our rule of law to work it takes men of integrity & honor. We also know people (being people) have all the human frailties & traits of greed, avarice, personal agendas, career advancement etc. which play on their decision making habits, their rationalizations for what they do in the course of law as anyone else.  

It's not perfect but it's as close as the human species can get, bad judges, bad cops, patronage seeking political appointees, the lot. And yes, there are WAAAY too many laws...but on the other hand... if they didn't pass so many laws every year and regulate down to the very air we breathe every hour they would be accused sloven laziness and find themselves trimmed back, now we can't have that now can we?

Your points are well taken Kayman, as always...Hitler, Mao, Stalin had "laws" as well, it didn't make those laws just, proper, right or humane by them calling them "laws", it only cast a thin veil of "legality" as to what those laws sheltered, which was evil. 

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - just another, old, dead, white guy...but it's still just as true today as when Burke first said it and as freemen with our faculties fully intact we recognize there was no discussion of "legality" in that quote. We never ask for permission to rebel, we know it's "illegal"

The quote only speaks of good men doing nothing, for evil to triumph ;-)

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